Woman Hits Loose Trailer on I-40
In August of 1997, Joni Walley was traveling down Interstate 40 in Nashville when she came across a trailer that had come free of the truck that was hauling it. The trailer was stopped in her lane, and Ms. Walley hit it head-on. Moments later, another vehicle struck her car from behind. Ms. Walley's car was a total loss.
She was admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition and underwent several surgeries. She suffered from a serious liver laceration and major bleeding. Her initial prognosis was "extremely grave."
Fortunately, Ms. Walley survived. She had numerous follow-up visits to various doctors and was evaluated for post-traumatic stress syndrome. Her medical expenses exceeded $133,000.
On Ms. Walley's behalf, our office brought suit against the trucking company responsible for the unnattached trailer. A settlement was reached for the amount of $500,000.
Ms. Joni Seron Walley v. Hyun Dae Trucking & Shipping, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of TN, Case No. 200411, Robert L. Whitaker and Bart Durham, attorneys for Ms. Walley.